Collaborative law solicitors
Our solicitors who are trained as collaborative lawyers can assist couples in dispute to reach an agreement.
Whether a couple is separating, seeking a divorce or needing to agree child arrangements the collaborative process can be used to achieve a resolution. When separating there are practical, emotional and legal issues that need to be addressed.
With the benefit of their respective collaborative law specialists by their side throughout the process, the couple has a better opportunity to resolve their issues with the benefit of expert legal advice, without having to resort to court proceedings.
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What is family collaborative process?
The Collaborative process takes place in what are called “four-way meetings” with each client and their collaboratively trained lawyer being present. They all work together to resolve their issues in those meetings in a collaborative and cooperative manner without recourse to the court. Each party involved signs an agreement not to take the matter to court and they are therefore committed to finding a solution within the collaborative forum. If those decisions and negotiations break down then the couple can choose to leave the process but they would need to instruct new lawyers to issue any court application. This approach assists the clients maintain a good relationship which is especially important where there are children of the family.
As experienced collaborative solicitors, we provide legal advice, practical help and guidance in these meetings, which are intended to be less formal and constructive so that the couple can openly explore different options in a safe and managed environment. Several members of our Family law team are trained as collaborative lawyers.
We may involve neutral experts in the meetings such as family consultants, accountants or pension experts to assist the parties reach a solution on specific issues.
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How our collaboratively trained solicitors can help
The role of a solicitor in the collaborative process is to assist the client, at every stage and help ensure that they have access to expert legal advice on their rights, options and possible outcomes.
Collaborative lawyers will also help with practical guidance both before and during meetings, to help the parties achieve a resolution.
Why choose the collaborative process?
Any kind of family law dispute can be very challenging to deal with, as there are both practical and emotional considerations that can impact matters. Our specialist lawyers have the necessary experience and skillset to help each client achieve the best possible outcome in their circumstances. The process is bespoke tailored to the couple’s needs and the aim is to achieve a resolution for the couple in a more constructive and cost-effective way. As all those involved meet to discuss and negotiate a way forward in four-way meetings the process can be quicker and less stressful than protracted litigation.
We have collaboratively trained lawyers in London, Richmond, Southampton, Guildford, Lymington, and Woking. Get in touch with the team at Moore Barlow to find out more about our family collaborative approach solicitor services.
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What is the collaborative divorce process?
Use mediation, collaborative law or arbitration as an alternative to going to court.
Members of our family law team are trained collaborative lawyers as well as accredited mediators, who can guide you through the process you choose.
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